Winchester Weekly

April 24, 2020

Winchester Purpose & Mission

Winchester is a Leader in Me school with a common purpose to inspire students to be critical thinkers and problem-solvers who demonstrate responsibility for themselves and respect for others.


Learning together, Leading forever!

Mark your Calendars

Upcoming Events

Virtual/Online Events:


May 6th - PTA Zoom Meeting 7:00 PM

May 20th - Kindergarten Orientation Live Webinar 6:00 PM

A message from Mrs. Lindsay

Hello Winchester Families,


I hope this continues to find you well. It is hard to believe that we have been teaching and learning from home for the last six weeks! We have learned so much during this time and continue to find comfort in seeing each other in virtual meetings. Thank you for your continued support as we live and learn together for the benefit of all of our Winchester students.


Remember, the District is committed to providing up to date information to all of our families as it becomes available. You can access information, updates, and FAQs via the Northville Public Schools website or at this link: https://www.northvilleschools.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=350918&type=d&pREC_ID=1851982


Technology devices are available for loan to students who do not have access. Please complete this Technology Device Checkout Form to request the use of a device. You can reach our Technology Department Help Desk at 248-344-3680 / Monday - Friday from 8am-4pm.


The Winchester staff is here to support you and your child(ren).


Take care and be well,


Kelly Lindsay, Principal

Conferences

Due to the school closure, we will not be holding traditional spring parent teacher conferences. Classroom teachers will be reaching out to you to offer an opportunity to conference with them should you desire, after you have reviewed the report card.


If you would like to speak with any of the humanities or support teachers please email the specific teacher to set up a day and time to meet with them.

COVID-19 Grading Procedures and Parent Supports NPS Families,

As we continue to move forward with new learning under the Continuity of Learning Plan, the following information will bring clarity around the question of grading during this time as well as the available technology and parent supports we have and will continue to put in place.


The NPS COVID-19 Grading Procedures, as published on April 15, 2020, are based on guidance provided in the Executive Order. We believe these grading practices provide students with the most flexibility while still ensuring that no child will be academically harmed as a result of the traditional model school closing required by law. Please contact your teacher or building principal if you have any questions about this grading procedure or need further information.


With the help of many NPS teachers, we have developed a parent learning portal that provides you with a variety of useful resources designed to support and assist you during this remote learning period. If you have any questions, or would like to submit a request for resource support, please navigate to the submit a question under the FAQ button found on the parent learning portal. We hope you find this helpful as you partner with us in this new learning process.

MiStar Parent Portal Email Addresses

The Winchester Weekly is sent out via ListServ and posted on our webpage, but other information is sent out through the MISTAR email system because we can send to specific grade levels or to the entire school. Please make sure you have a current email address in Parent Portal.


To update your information:

• Log in to the MISTAR Parent Portal

• Click on the "My Information" link at the top right of the page

• Click on the "View" button at the far-right side of the page for the individual whose information you would like to change.

• Update the fields you would like change and hit the "Submit" button on the top left of the page.

Grab-and-Go Breakfast and Lunch offered by Northville Public Schools

Northville Public Schools has been offering, and will continue to offer through the MDE waiver period, Food Service meals (breakfast and lunch) to all enrolled and non-enrolled students in the district. These meals, served under the Unanticipated School Closure – School Food Service Program (SFSP) program, are made available at no cost to anyone (18) and under, or up to age (26) if they receive special education services.


The meals are ‘grab-and-go’ breakfast and lunch, and are distributed from the lobby of Northville High School each Tuesday and Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until noon. At each visit on Tuesday, each student (or their parents/guardians) will receive meals for 3 days; while on Fridays, students may take both breakfast and lunch for 4 days, totalling meals provided 7 days per week. Breakfast meal components may include string cheese, fruit, grains such as a cereal bar, and drink. Lunch meal components may include deli meat sandwiches, vegetarian options such as cheese or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruits, vegetables, and milk.

Open PTA Executive Board and Committee Chairs for 2020-2021 School Year

Interested in joining the PTA Executive Board? Or possibly chair a PTA Committee? We have open positions for the 2020-2021 school year. This is a great option if you would like to help but may not be sure what volunteering options are available. It’s also a nice way to get to know someone new or to spend more time with an old friend! If you are interested in being a part of the PTA board or chairing a committee, or have any questions, don’t hesitate contact us at: winchesterptapresident@gmail.com.

Coping Calendar

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Support for Health Care Providers in our Community

Dear NPS School Community,


Weeks ago four health care providers from our community, Dr. Vidooshi Maru, Dr. Anita Sinha, Dr. Melissa Heinen, and P.A. Bindiya Nandwana came together to stand in the gap for our Health Care Providers. NPS Elementary Principals put out a request for sewists, families, and crafters to make mask covers and face shields, and to donate gloves, medical grade masks, sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes. We have been overwhelmed by your generosity. Your donations have resulted in thousands of useful items that were gratefully accepted by health care providers, hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and front line workers in other industries as well, such as grocery stores, and restaurants. Thank you, Northville community, for your support.


At this time we are gratefully suspending the project as we have met the most pressing needs in our community. On behalf of our Health Care Providers, our frontline and essential workers, thank you to the community of home sewists, fabric workers, drapers, upholsterers, crafters, and families. To those of you who contributed materials and time, we thank you. Your handiness and skill have truly made a difference! You are ESSENTIAL!


Thank you,

Northville Elementary School Principals

A Note from the Northville Public Schools Support Staff

Northville Families,


The school social work/school psychology/counseling department wanted to share resources for your children and families to utilize until we resume school.

Below are some tips from the CDC to keep in mind as we move forward:


  • Turn off the TV: Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19.

  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep.

  • Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. Try to do some other activities you enjoy to return to your normal life.

  • Connect with others. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships.

  • Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking.


Please download the attached PDF for additional enrichment ideas and links to community resources.

Winchester Playground is Closed

We completely understand that the Stay at Home order issued by our Governor during this challenging time is extremely difficult for you and our students, and that part of our being as humans is socializing with each other. As part of the order, Governor Whitmer has encouraged families and individuals to get outside, take walks, etc., but the order does not allow for large gatherings, or gatherings at parks and playgrounds, which includes on our school playgrounds.


In accordance with the Governor’s Stay Safe. Stay Home. Executive Order, and by Order of the Oakland County Health Division, Northville Public Schools has closed all of our school playgrounds and fields, including ALL play structures. Student safety and well being is at the forefront of all we do for our students both at Silver Springs and across Northville Public Schools. We are asking you to do everything you can to slow the spread. We appreciate your help in keeping each other safe and healthy.